Friday, January 18, 2008

Up and Running

So, my mom finally decided yesterday that it was time to get out and go running with me, even if it is cold. She made a goal for herself that she will run a half-marathon on May 3rd.

This is quite ambitious for my mom. She is not a "runner." She is not built like a runner. She's built more for Scrabble.

However, I am her devoted training partner, and I'm going to whip her into shape! We need to build up her endurance because the longest distance she has ever run is a little over 4 miles. And we need to speed her up because she is a SLOW POKE! Soon she should have a sleek physique like my own (see picture).

So on the left is our widget that shows how far we've run together, and how far our last workout was. Goal: 13.1 miles (21 km), no walking, May 3rd! My friend Simba's mom ran a half marathon and made a blog about it, which is very interesting and helpful for my mom!

I love running. My favorite part is getting as far away as possible from the nearest garbage can, and taking a dump. Then my mom has to carry around the poopie bag while we run. I have mapped out our routes and strategically figured out the best locations for this.

33 comments:

COL. Sam ASTA-fari Joe H. Pinkerton Peabody, Esq said...

LOL. Good for you and your Mom, Lenny. My mom won't get off her butt! I love to run and run myself.

Luna "The Scruffy Yacht Dog" said...

You gave my Mom a great idea...both of us gain a little(HA HA) over the Holidays.
Thanks for the link to nike...going to get my Mom on that running road!!

Wagging Tail,
Luna

Luna "The Scruffy Yacht Dog" said...

have your mom check out USATF.ORG..SHE CAN CHECK OUT RUNS IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.
enjoy,
Luna del Luna

Gus said...

Lenny, if you ever come running in our neighborhood, me n Teka can map out the spots where: If there are two of you and you are walking route (a,b,c,d) where can each of you poop so that muzzer spends the maximum time carrying poop with the shortest possible times between dumpsite for dog 1(me) to dumpsite for dog 2 (Teka)! It has a very easy formula that we can share if you want.

gussie

Maggie & Mitch said...

Good for your mom, Lenny! We applaud her! The both of you will be healthy and super sleek in no time at all!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Ferndoggle said...

Yay for your Mom! That's great. We'll mark it on our calendar that we need to be there to cheer her on...if only in cyberspace.

Sherman, Penny & Lola

Peanut said...

Good for you and your mom. My mom is not a runner.

Agatha and Archie said...

OMG!! Lenny we have the exact same formula Gussie has!!!! We can send it too!!! Archie saysWATCH YOUR KNEES!!!!!! while you run! Love A+A

Noah the Airedale said...

Hiya Lenny,
We are in awe of your mum. Sounds like a lot of training is about to be had. Good luck with it all Lenny's mum. You're very lucky to have such a great training partner.

Hugs and tail wags
Noah Willow Tess & Lucy

MissIda said...

Right on great job getting out there.I myself have run a few half's GL. There are so much fun.

River said...

Good luck with training your mum - I do the trash can thing too!!

River

Lorenza said...

Hi, Lenny!
Good job helping your mom! Sure she is going to do it great!
I am not a runner. I am always on leash and my mom is not a runner so I have to be right at her side!
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Koobuss said...

That is excellent planning, Lenny. You have every detail covered.

Good luck to your mom in her half marathon training. I really admire her for doing that. It is not an easy task, even for the best of runners. My mom used to jog, not run, a lot when she was considerably younger. Now she can barely walk. Our walking program goal is three miles. We are getting close.

Love and Koobuss Kisses,
Koobie

Simba said...

Have a great weekend.

Simba xx

Jackson said...

Hehehe, I think J1 is built for scrabble too! J x

Gus and Louie said...

Your Mom has a really big goal. You can count on us cheering for her here. Your job is to keep her motivated on your end. We will be here if you need any moral support!!

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus and Louie

Girasol said...

That's a very nice of you training with your mon for the marathon.
I love runnig...after my tennis ball.

Comet and BLU said...

Hope you help your mom with her training. Good trick taking a dump as far away from a trash can as possible. We just count the number of bags our girl brings with her, and poop more times than that.
Comet and BLU

Joe Stains said...

wow do you guys carry a radio and play the rocky theme song while she runs? That widget is very cool!

Jake of Florida said...

Is that you running sans leash???????????

Wow, we are impressed.

Jake and Just Harry

4xBs said...

hi Lenny, you are a perfect running partner for your mom. running with a bag of poop has to add to her workout. it probably will keep all of the perverts away from her too - hee hee! we're glad you're doing it with her and that's a great goal for her to do. keep us informed as to how your training goes.

woofers.

Kirby said...

Hi Lenny,

I love to go running with my mom too! And, she is a slowpoke too! Wow, we should ditch them and go for a run just the two of us!! he he! Mom says good luck to your mom, she's well on her way to being ready for the half marathon. Keep up the great training, you'll have her in top shape soon enough!

Your pal,
Kirby

Hammer said...

Hi Lenny
I've given you an Award so please check my blog when you have time.
It's great you're helping your mum get fit for the marathon. As soon as it stops raining and the weather cools down a little, I'm going to help my mum get fit too.
Love from Hammer

Pacco de Mongrel said...

my owner also joined the local marathon... but she usually took up the 10k or the 21k...never been on a full marathon b4..

but when she trained...she doesn't like me accompany on her joggging routine..she said i affect her speed...

grrr...

Amber-Mae said...

My mommy is too lazy t go for long walks becoz it's hawt here...Good for your mom & you, Lenny!

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Penny & Poppy said...

Hi Lenny, the only running our mom does is trying to catch us when we "shop" her stuff and take off running! Good for your mom!

Aire-hugs,
Poppy & Penny

William Tell said...

I'm afraid Mom would have a heart attack if she ran more than a few feet. She's not built for speed, either. Good luck with your Mom's training, though, and we hope she does well with the marathon.

William Tell

Murphey said...

Ooooh, running. We pups only do that in the dog park, and the lady, well, she just sits there!

Go to your Mom!

Murph

Sophie Brador said...

Funny how this post follows the one with all the dunkin' donuts. :-)

My mom is on a similar mission, but she can;t take me running anymore. My shoulders get way too achey too quickly, so I can only do short distances, but when she gets on the treadmill, I get very excited and bring her all my tennis balls. Then I laugh when she has to dig them out from underneath that contraption.

xo
SB

wally said...

Lenny,

Wow your mom is totally cool! My ma ape is a "runner" too. She likes the idea that she's built for Scrabble! She's done a handful of halfs and a one full. Alas, I cannot run very far but that garbage can game sounds TOTALLY fun!

wally.

Asta said...

Lenny
I think you might be pawt whippet..what a gweat wunner athlete you awe! I think this is an admiwble goal..MyMommi is a soth unfowtunately. I think she would need a hip weplacement befowe taking up wunning again, but we'we wooting fow you and youw Mom, and Btw. Lenny you awe soooo movie staw matewial!
smoochie kissses
Asta

Simba said...

You can do it!! I was HM's best training partner!! We've also started running again...no race in mind yet..just overal fitness...Do you have a leash that attaches around mum's waist?? They are great, as it helps your mum run faster with you pulling.

Training tip: HILLS, HILLS, HILLS for explosiveness and endurance!

wags,

Simba

Stanley said...

Lenny BOY!

Man, you are KILLIN' ME! It's funny that your mama is built for Scrabble. My girl is built for Monopoly, so they should have a lot in common!

I LOVE that you've taken on the job of being your mama's personal trainer. Love the widget too. Maybe you'll inspire my girl and I. I run like a maniac whenever I can, but my girl can only last so long and then she poops out.

Goober love & wishing you success,
Stanley